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which direction to take

which direction to take

which direction to take

hi to all that come in to read my thread. first off i want to thank everyone and anyone who come in and even give this a look over. i am interested in going into the engineering field. my background is very automotive and mechanical but i have been in the firefighter service for a yr now as a volunteer. i started to research alternative career paths other than just firefighting. i came across a discipline in fire protection engineering. i am really interested in this field. my only issue is getting started. i am in no way able to relocate for school. i have a family and uprooting is not an option. i am very much interested in engineering in general and i will be an engineer of some sort in the near future. i am just trying to get some insight in order to come up with a good plan of action. i plan on talking to some schools in my area (the south east MS. TN. area) to see if they have any direction or advice that they can give me.

so ultimately my question is: can i still get training in the fire protection engineering field by going via another discipline, such as mechanical or civil engineering.

my interest lie in fire, mechanical, and electronic/computer.

i have read that a lot of ME go into this specialty after getting their bachelors, which ME does interest me a great bit. i know that UT knoxville has classes on this discipline but you can not become a FPE through them. attending classes there could possibly become an option later with a career in progress. as cliche and cheesy as it may sound i want to try to make the world a better place even if it is just a locally done deal. better for my family, friends and neighbors. this is one reason i like to even volunteer as a firefighter. knowing your making a difference is a great feeling, even if its a very small one. i like the idea of fire protection and what the engineers in this field do, i feel i can contribute to this.

i know this is a forum for "already engineers" but i really need some guidance. i have been researching for a month and im not coming up with just straightfoward answers. though i have found many interesting sites such as this one. i have read many threads that are just very interesting and intriguing.

once again thank you for your time and efforts.

RE: which direction to take

There are very few FPE programs in the country. All of the FPE's that I know got their degree in ME, then took the FPE exam for their state to get the professional fire protection engineer. This is of course after meeting all of the work and experience requirements for FPE.

Travis Mack
MFP Design, LLC

RE: which direction to take

Thank you for the response. I have been checking it daily to see if anyone had any advice

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